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Featured in Benvenuta Italia

Isabella Parricone

The premier magazine for Italians in America, Benvenuta Italia, featured an article by Isabella in their August 2012 edition.
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“For one hour, I am transported out of my mundane life, freeing my mind from the day to day and plunging into a world where my mind is working on a totally different plane. I feel as refreshed after class as if I took an hour spinning class. The beautiful voice and method of “La Perricone”; her ability and patience pulling words, phrases and ideas out of her students, encourages all to excel. She makes you want to do well, and by doing well, you become happy.”

– F.C., Boston

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Isabella Perricone has taught Italian in Boston since 1997; she started at the Boston Language Institute, Newton Continuing Education, and at the Boston Center for Adult Education. Since 1998 she has enjoyed teaching and lecturing in different settings. She is currently on the faculty of Tufts University teaching both language and Italian Cinema and she is the founder and the director of Parla Presto, an Italian Center of Language and Culture in Boston, MA.

Previously Isabella worked in film and television for more than 12 years in Rome. Her credits include acting in the films “Ginger & Fred” (F. Fellini), “Turnè” (G. Salvatores), “O’Re” (G. Magni) and guest starring in the network TV variety shows “Proffimamente” (E. Trapani) and “Fantastico” (RAI production). She has also written feature-length screenplays and teleplays both in Italy and in the U.S.

“I grew up in a very international family in Sicily. At our dinner parties and gatherings there were always family members or guests from different countries and at least three languages were spoken around the table: I learned since my childhood how very exciting and enriching it was to be able to make so many different friends… if you could speak their language!

My parents raised me to believe that the only way one can truly experience another country’s culture is by speaking – communicating with people in their native language. So, this is the powerful lesson that I pass onto my students: we need to speak in order to communicate with the world and to really learn about it! Conversation is what we need. Not just reading, writing, or filling in the blanks – but speaking.”

Isabella Perricone

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